The NFL denied Larry Ogunjobi’s appeal on Wednesday, so the Cleveland Browns defensive tackle will have to serve a one-game suspension for pushing Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph at the end of last Thursday’s game.
Ogunjobi will miss Cleveland’s home game on Sunday against the Miami Dolphins, but will be eligible to return on December 1 when the Browns travel to Pittsburgh to take on the Steelers.
Ogunjobi received a bit of good news, however, as appeals officer James Thrash rescinded the $10,527 that had originally been levied against Ogunjobi.
So, to recap, Ogunjobi’s hit was bad enough to deserve a suspension, but not bad enough to deserve a fine.
Defensive end Myles Garrett will join Ogunjobi on the sidelines this weekend as Garrett is serving an indefinite suspension for hitting Rudolph over the head with his own helmet. Garrett had his appeal hearing on Wednesday and the NFL is expected to make a ruling before the end of the week.
With Garrett and Ogunjobi both suspended, and defensive end Olivier Vernon still recovering from a knee injury he suffered on November 3 against the Denver Broncos, the Browns are going to be painfully thin along the defensive line on Sunday.
Chris Smith and Chad Thomas are expected to move into the starting defensive end roles, while Devaroe Lawrence and Eli Ankou should also see increased playing time.